“Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “A sheer pleasure.” – Tana French. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville. “The effortless cool of Elmore Leonard at his peak.” – Ray Banks. “A fine writer at the top of his game.” – Lee Child.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

First We Take Manhattan

Benny Blanco (right, in award-winning ‘John Banville’ persona) is quite the toast of our U.S. cousins this week, with Sarah Weinman breaking the news that CHRISTINE FALLS was short-listed in the Los Angeles Book Festival awards in the crime / mystery category and Vanity Fair giving that novel’s sequel, THE SILVER SWAN, the hup-ya in its ‘Hot Type: A monthly overview of great new books’ section. How do they know they’re great books if they’re still new? Because they’re Vanity Fair, people – do try to keep up. Meanwhile, THE SILVER SWAN received not one but - wait for it! - TWO nominations in the Irish Book Awards short-lists announced today (see below). Finally, the latest instalment of Benny’s THE LEMUR, currently being serialised in the New York Times, can be found just about here. Is Benny about to break America John Connolly-style? Only time, that notoriously prevaricating doity rat, will tell.

4 comments:

Sinéad said...

The Novel of the Year category is a pretty hefty one isn't it?

And we get our very own Irish-Booker-winner face off! Do you think Banville can beat Enright?

Claire Coughlan said...

Benny for President

KEYNOTER said...

Hi there, I'm here via Sinead;) Had a wander and found your site very interesting. Nice to have found you. Now I'll put you on my Google Reader;)

Declan Burke said...

Welcome, Keynoter - if that is, in fact, your real name ... Sinead - The Silver Swan nominated for Best Irish Novel of the Year? If it's anything like Christine Falls, then it's not even in the Top 10 Irish Crime Fiction novels of last year. Claire - Benny for US President or Irish President? Hell, why not both? If that wouldn't be establishing a dangerous, y'know, president ... Cheers, Dec